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    Fun in the rain

    The last two days have been drizzly sloppy rain around here. Yesterday I rode 5 miles to the gym, worked out then decided to try to add 15 miles to the tally. Rain started up again when I was 2 miles out (7 from home). Oh well. I'm already wet, right?

    I forgot how much fun it is to *intentionally* bomb through a puddle and not give a fig's hairy nut if you get soaked. the MUP here has this one dip that turns into a 8-inch deep, 30-foot long lake in heavy rains. I went through it at 30. If it'd been safe I totally would have thrown my hands up and yelled "WHEEEEEE!" like on a log flume ride.

    Today I was thinking of going 20 miles and trying to figure out what cadence I am capable of sustaining. Got 7.5 miles out and my phone beeped for an important email...it was the guy from craigslist about the bike I was interested in (which I ended up buying). He wanted to meet in an hour! I flew back home so fast I thought my legs would fall off. I was dripping wet, with mud splatters ALL over my face, glasses, helmet, body, bike...and a huge smile on my face. Second day in a row I came hope sopping and filthy and grinning like an idiot. Wet & dirty is fun.

    On the other hand, I'd like a couple nice, clear sunny days now if that's okay with the weather guy...
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    Hey stark23x, I knew you must be from the northeast when I read about the rain. I did the same thing last Fri. morning.. I forgot how much greasy road grime can end up in your hair. Maybe I should invest in a clip on fender.

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    BTW, Here's a ride coming up. We did it last year. It's a nice easy ride. Not too far from you. Did the 22 last year, doing the 50 this year.

    http://guidezilla.com/event.asp?id=12393

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJKarl View Post
    BTW, Here's a ride coming up. We did it last year. It's a nice easy ride. Not too far from you. Did the 22 last year, doing the 50 this year.

    http://guidezilla.com/event.asp?id=12393
    Checked it out. Talked to the wife. Had a debate with my legs. And my...more private areas that would be...uhh..."impacted" by spending all day in a saddle.

    I'm gonna try for 50. Never rode more than 32 in a single day, but no guts, no glory right? Thanks for the link....maybe we'll see each other there! I'll be the short pudgy guy on a red dept. store schwinn looking completely out of his depth.
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